Negotiating International Criminal Law: A courtroom ethnography of trial performance at the International Criminal Court (NegoICL)

Main funder

Funder's project number325535

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 480 000,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date01/09/2019

Project end date31/08/2023


The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague became operative as recently as 2002, and is challenged from multiple angles. Unlike national legal systems (which have a long history), the ICC represents a novel way of administering justice that is still under development. As a result, it faces multiple uncertainties in fundamental law and procedure. Other challenges relate to the linguistic and cultural diversity of the different populations within its jurisdiction. The court also operates in a particular geopolitical context, and its legitimacy is therefore repeatedly challenged by various outside forces.

This project investigates these tensions from an interaction-analytical angle. It draws on discourse-analytic language and law research and courtroom ethnography, and examines how the different actors in an international criminal trial (magistrates, attorneys, etc.) take into account these tensions while they interact with one another before the court. In this way, the project will provide a unique empirical snapshot of the step-by-step development of this new form of justice, by focusing on the day-to-day behavior of the trial participants.

Principal Investigator

Primary responsible unit

Follow-up groups

Profiling areaSchool of Wellbeing (University of Jyväskylä JYU) JYU.Well

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